This is the age of tablets, says Julie DeNeen's in her article, “25 Ways to Use Tablets to Enhance the Learning Experience.” Of late, many educators are redesigning the curriculum to fit on a tablet.
Seeing this rapid change, I couldn’t help but recall Bill Gates’ words, “Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time." Although Gates was more wrong than right with his other predictions, his comment on innovation in personal computing has been spot on. Yet there are a few doubting Thomases who wonder if these gadgets can deliver. Julie, in her article, describes a few methods that explain how tablets can enhance and at times even transform learning.
Apps in science are aplenty, and as an educator you have to select the right app that fits the bill. Your students can learn better by viewing up to date images, videos, news and current research that’s taking place in the topic you are teaching. They can also get three dimensional views of structures or rotate and zoom into them.
History fascinates and it’s no wonder historical apps are increasing in iTunes. Apps breathe life into this subject through interactive eBooks, videos, audio and visual information, and inspiring speeches of great leaders of yore.
Teaching a Foreign Language
In the past, schools offered few foreign languages and students had little choice. Getting a proper instructor was also difficult. The emergence of tablets has changed it all. Students can now learn a language of their choice quite easily. Apps on tablets split the language into various levels of difficulty; a digital teacher teaches perfect pronunciation, visual aids help and finally there’s invariably a test to examine student understanding.
Research and Writing
Learning begins with research and gone are the days of trekking to the library and poring over endless books for this is the age of knowledge at the tips of your fingers available just when you need it. Research is quicker and writing interesting.
Ask your students to create blogs and the instant feedback they receive will prove motivating.
Economics and Financial Management
These subjects promote good financial health. Result of relegating these to the sideline is evident in the current economic scenario, where the number of people with extensive debts is higher than ever.
Educational apps teach young children how to spend and save and older children to simulate what it means to own and run a business.
Tablets have indeed transformed education by making it ubiquitous. As an educator your role is twofold.
- You have to select the right app that augments learning
- Above all, you have to provide a safe learning experience to your students
While educational apps instruct, getting age appropriate information from the internet is important and only a safe browser app like Mobicip; (the first of its kind in Apple app store) can ensure this on a tablet by creating a safe and secure internet environment on the tablet.